Did the Crypto.com Buyer Pay $12 Million? – Best WIPO Panelist Identified – .LLC Enters Landrush

Never Say Never! Crypto.com Owner Decides to Sell After All - Multi-Million $ Name Goes to Monaco


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Did
the Crypto.com Buyer Pay $12 Million? – Best
WIPO Panelist Identified – .LLC Enters Landrush

On
Friday 
I passed
along the
news
that Crypto.com
had been sold to Monaco for
an undisclosed price (but one almost
universally believed to have been multiple
millions of dollars
). While
Monaco and seller Matt Blaze
have both been mum on that point, Elliot
Silver
at DomainInvesting.com
came across a post
by Cheddar.com reporter Tanaya
Macheel
this morning that stated
the news organization had learned
from an anonymous source close to
the transaction that the price was $12
million
. There has not yet been
any public confirmation of that
number from anyone involved in the
sale though.

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from Bigstock

With
respect to speculation that Blaze
may have gotten both cash and equity
in the deal, Blaze posted on his
blog
over the weekend
that he did not get any financial
stake in Monaco as part of the
deal.   

Howard
Neu
NeusNews.com

In
other news, domain owners
who have had to defend their
ownership rights in UDRP
disputes have long felt the
deck was stacked against
them – especially in cases
involving a single panelist
who may have a long record
of siding with complainants.
in an attempt to even the
playing field, many
respondents pay more to get
a three-person panel. On his
blog at NeusNews.com,
veteran domain attorney Howard
Neu
has been issuing
semi-annual reports
identifying which WIPO
panelists in 3-panelist
cases most often sided
with the Respondent
by
finding there was an attempt
at Reverse Domain Name
Hijacking
or abuse of
process
by the
Complainant. 

Howard
just released his latest
report
today,
one that found John Swinson
was the best panelist for
respondents
in the first
half of 2018. Check out the
full report for the details
as well as other names of
panelists who most often
gave domain owners a fair
shake.

Elsewhere,
the new .LLC
gTLD opened its
landrush today with General
Availability
set
to begin July 23,
2018
. The roll
out is being handled
by one of the
biggest domain
registry operators, Afilias.
A company press
release noted,
“With the
introduction of
.LLC, Limited
Liability Companies
will now be able to
establish Internet
identities which are
more closely aligned
with their existing
identities and
branding, rather
than modifying their
name or brand to
adapt to limited
choices in more
crowded TLDs. .LLC
registration is open
to anyone
; no
need to wait till
the paperwork is
filed.  Future
LLC owners can use
their new domains to
attract investors,
develop new websites
to win support or
announce planned
businesses and begin
marketing efforts to
win business and
support their
missions as they
apply to become an
LLC.”

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